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Brandywine - September 11, 1777

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Battle of Brandywine, Pennsylvania
Battle of Brandywine - September 11, 1777
Battle of Brandywine - September 11, 1777

Historical map of the Battle of Brandywine

On the morning of September 11, 1777, George Washington posted 14,000 troops of the Continental Army along the banks of Brandywine Creek, believing that he had securely covered all possible fords. This turned out not to be the case, and 15,500 British troops under General William Howe advanced under the cover of a heavy fog, demonstrating to Washington's front while moving troops around to attack his exposed right flank. General Nathaniel Greene’s men counterattacked, but ultimately the Continental Army was forced to retreat, leaving the path open for the British Army to occupy Philadelphia.

Learn More: The Battle of Brandywine